December 4, 2015

Hello <<First Name>>,
We have two issues that require immediate actions:

  1. Please contact your senators encouraging them to pass the fixing America's Surface Transportation Bill (Fast) Act Today
  2. Please encourage your senators and congressmen to pass an extension to the Section 179 extension to the Section 179 Tax Exemption by 12/7.

Item 1) The key features in the FAST ACT are that it establishes a 5-year program for roads, bridges and rail freight systems.  This bill includes more for local units of government like counties and townships - than the last bill. It also includes a provision, Section 32205, which would terminate the $3 billion cut to crop insurance delivery that was part of last month's budget  agreement.

AAW Position #96. AAW supports crop insurance as a viable alternative within the Farm Program as a necessary safety net at an affordable cost to producers.

The  Senate  might  have a  point of order  that  is against  the  inclusion of the  crop  insurance  provision, which would mean there will be a vote to waive the point of order. We urge all members to contact your senators  as soon as  possible  and  urge them  to  support  crop  insurance,  support  waiving  any  point of order  against  the crop insurance and to  the  highway  bill.

Item 2) Once again we are asking you to TAKE ACTION and contact your Congressmen, by December 7th, 2015 to urge their support in extending the Section 179  Deduction at $500,000 and 50% Bonus Depreciation.  

AAW Position # 72. AAW supports special exemptions for purchases of machinery and equipment, land improvements, livestock and buildings.
AAW Position # 73. AAW supports the reinstatement of the 50% bonus depreciation and making permanent  of the $500,000 Section  179 deductions.
Currently, these important tax tools for agriculture will be suspended after December 31, 2015 if not acted on. A permanent extension of these agriculture tax tools would allow agriculture and small businesses to plan for the future instead of confusion and pressure at the end of each year. It would offer  stability.
Without this important tool rural America is threatened with loss of equipment sales, new building sales and other major purchases leading to loss of jobs. In Iowa alone John Deere has laid off 10,000 workers. Rural America will take a large economic hit. Weather and crop prices are always a factor but stabilizing tax decisions will benefit all.
The provisions with the Section 179  deductions and Bonus depreciation will help us to wrap up 2015 year end decisions and plan for the coming year and future agriculture decisions. 

Thank You,

Karolyn Zurn, Chair
American Agri-Women Government Affairs and Vital Issues  

Thank you for advocating for agriculture. 

Thank you for being A Force for Truth for 40 years!

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